07th April 2017


Foster Care

Huddersfield Giants are delighted to announce that their England Talent Pathway programme has been graded 'Outstanding' once again in its most recent review with the RFL.

The England Talent Pathway is aimed towards developing the local talent pool of secondary school players and their coaches through partnership work between Huddersfield Giants Community Trust and performance departments.

A large element of the programme has been the recent Evolution Pathway development days which saw 80 local players attending challenging sessions led by Huddersfield Giants performance and community coaches, players, and Club Ambassador, Eorl Crabtree, who delivered a variety of skills masterclasses.

Commenting on the recent review, Huddersfield Giants Head of Community Development Jonathan Timms said: “We have worked extremely hard as a club over the past 18 months developing our England Talent Pathway programme and have since been graded outstanding twice. It is fantastic to see the hard work of all involved in the programme recognised. However the efforts do not end there, we are looking to further develop and grow to ensure we continue to be outstanding.”

Huddersfield Giants were defined as “insightful” in their approach within the report, specifically their approach to talent transfer. Through the programme, individuals have been identified through school delivery that do not currently play Rugby League but possess the attributes of talented athletes. Within this these individuals were signposted to open access development days and since began training as Rugby League players.

Giants Head of Youth Andy Kelly added: “As a club we have a growing engagement with England Talent Pathway, galvanising the cohesion between performance and community ever further. The programme is sure to have a positive impact on the community game as well as standard of future Huddersfield Giants and England Rugby League players.”

Tony Fretwell, National Player Development Manager at the RFL commented: “The grading requirements for 2017 have increased, making it harder to maintain Outstanding England Talent Pathway status. 

"Huddersfield Giants' Performance and Foundation departments have worked incredibly hard in collaboration to achieve this. There are excellent opportunities for coaches and teachers to upskill and an extensive offer to all players to engage in their U12-14 Player Development Programme. 

"This is enhancing the talent pool and I am delighted to see efforts in talent transfer and school-based players coming to fruition. Huddersfield Giants should be congratulated on their continued hard work."

To find out how to book onto the Giants Evolution Pathway Developement dates, please click here.

Heikki Kovalainen





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